Kerry Fox (Cloud Street), Ursula Yovich (Australia), Shari Sebbens (Redfern Now), Huw Higginson (A Place To Call Home) and Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy) are set to join Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires) when production begins this month on Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding.
Top End Wedding is co-written by Tapsell and Joshua Tyler (Plonk) and tells the story of successful Sydney lawyer Lauren (Tapsell) and her fiancée Ned played by British actor Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody, Jamestown, The Hollow Crown).
Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. As the couple travel through the Top End including Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands they find fulfilment for their own personal journeys through the wild beauty of the NT’s landscapes and the unbeatable charm of the NT’s characters that they meet along the way.
The film reunites many of the key team from the hit film The Sapphires, including Tapsell and Sebbens, director Wayne Blair and producers Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne.
“I’ve enjoyed career highlights collaborating with Goalpost and couldn’t be prouder to be at the helm of this love letter to the Northern Territory,” said Blair. “With an exceptional script balancing humour with heritage, we are excited to welcome the cast and crew to our backyard, and embark on this journey to deliver a rollicking good time for a worldwide audience.”
Producers are Goalpost’s Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne and Kojo Entertainment’s Kate Croser with executive producers Glen Condie and Ben Grant.
Top End Wedding has been financed by Screen Australia with support from The Northern Territory Government and the South Australian Film Corporation. Post production will be completed in South Australia. It will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Entertainment One (eOne) and is being sold worldwide by Berlin-based Films Boutique.